Swindon & Wiltshire Business News

Teachers get interactive at virtual reality discovery day

Teachers using VR technologyTeachers from 15 schools across Wiltshire were given the chance to explore the virtual world at a discovery day hosted by Swindon-based Techs4Education

Guests at the Swindon workshop were given a hands-on opportunity to try out education specific virtual reality and learn how the technology can transform the way educational content is delivered through a 360 degree visual experience.

VR brings endless possibilities for learning in a number of subjects, from creating real-time science experiments in a virtual laboratory, through to going on virtual field trips almost anywhere in the world.

Techs4Education operations director Graham Ford said; “It was great to see teachers and school IT managers effectively being ‘in class’ at our discovery
day. They enjoyed the chance of giving virtual reality a genuine work out and gaining an insight into how new education apps can benefit teaching and workload management.

“We are excited to be discussing VR with our customers and schools across the region as we believe it is a revolutionary leap forward in boosting student engagement, particularly for the visual learner.

"Teachers can utilise VR headsets to bring new subjects to life in a 360 format, right across the curriculum, without having to leave the classroom.”

Techs4Education – a division of Swindon-based telecoms specialist Excalibur Communications – has partnered with Avantis Education, dedicated education VR specialists, to provide a portfolio of affordable VR solutions to schools and colleges.

Avantis’s ClassVR product comes complete with standalone headsets and charging solutions, software, curriculum-linked activities and lesson plans for primary and secondary curriculums. For teachers, it is easy to manage from a web page and is an effective tool for discovering and delivering engaging content.